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The nervous system controls communication in the body. Its leader is the brain, which allows us to think, decide, control our actions, and coordinate the ability to move, touch, smell, hear, and see. Like any body system, good nutrition plays an important part in seeing that the good health of the nervous system is maintained. AIMGinkgoSense™ helps maintain your neuro health, especially in regard to memory, concentration, and vision.
Benefits & Features
combines ginkgo biloba, bilberry, lutein, zeaxanthin, and DHA in a synergistic
product to maintain your neuro health. Each capsule contains
How to use
Take 1 capsule per day.
Close tightly after opening
and store in a cool, dry, dark place (70-75 °F; 20.1-23.8 °C). Do not
Q & A
Who should use AIMGinkgoSense™
Anyone concerned with mental acuity and vision as they age and with maintaining their overall neurological health should consider using AIMGinkgoSense™
Is there anyone who should not use AIMGinkgoSense™
Pregnant and nursing women and children should not take AIMGinkgoSense™
Can I take AIMGinkgoSense™ with other supplements or medications?
taking anti-clotting medication, such as Coumadin®,
or using aspirin for this purpose should consult a health practitioner. You may
take AIMGinkgoSense™ with other products.
Are there any side effects?
significant side effects have been recorded. Nausea has been reported by some
people taking ginkgo.
When we think of aging, we think of the obvious—wrinkles and achy joints, for example. We usually don’t consider things such as worsening vision or memory loss until we are well on our way to senior status. But we should. After all, the disorders that may go along with the aging of the nervous system are some of the most frightening problems we face—dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and macular degeneration, for example. However, there is a way to fight this “neuro aging.” Through the use of dietary supplements.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an essential fatty acid (EFA). EFAs are called “essential” because very little can be synthesized by the body—we must obtain them from our diet. DHA is one of the omega-3 fatty acids, whose perhaps best-known source is fish oil.
are necessary for good health, and DHA is well-known as one of the keys to a
healthy nervous system. DHA is the building block of human brain tissue—60
percent of the brain is fat, and DHA is the most abundant fat in the brain, as
well as in the retina of the eye. DHA is essential in communication between the
brain and nervous system—it plays a role in the cell membrane, where the
electrical impulses that are the basis of communication within the nervous
system are generated. Without DHA and other fatty acids, communication within
this system can break down or become less effective.
The importance of DHA to the brain and nervous system is seen early in our development. In the first few weeks of embryonic development, the mother’s blood supplies the fetus with large amounts of DHA. In the last trimester of a pregnancy, the DHA content of the brain’s cerebrum and cerebellum—which contains centers for speech and abstract thought—increases threefold.
supplementation may be especially important as we grow older. The body’s
ability to synthesize DHA, which is limited in all people, may decline even
further with age. This is compounded by the small amounts of DHA we get in our
diet, especially those who strive for a vegetarian diet—the richest sources of
DHA are red meats, animal organs, and eggs.
indicates that low levels of DHA may be involved in a number of health problems
relating to the nervous system.
is on the rise in North America. This is often attributed to the ups and downs
of our lives and is often seen among the aging population. However, recent
research indicates that there may be a physiological aspect to depression that
relates to nutrition.
study published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition (62 (July 1995): 1-9) presents research indicating that
omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA, may reduce the risk of depression. The
authors associate the increase in depression in North America in the past
century with the decline in consumption of DHA during the same period. To lend
support to this idea, the authors also note that there are lower rates of major
depression in those societies that consume large amounts of fish, a key dietary
source of DHA, are consumed.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
is also being considered as a factor in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In
1997, a link between low levels of DHA and Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
was the subject of a conference at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical
Center’s Nutrition Information Center. Among the finding discussed at the
conference was that a low level of DHA is a significant risk factor for
dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The Japan Functional Food
Research Association has also investigated DHA and dementia. The association
notes that those with senile dementia achieved positive results when taking DHA:
in 10 of 13 cerebral vascular dementia cases and five of five senile dementia
cases, the patients showed more than slight improvements in psychiatric symptoms
such as communications, will power, motivation, delirium, the tendency to
wander, emotional disorders, and mental depression (www.jafra.gr.jp/DHA2-e.htm).
is also the major fat in retinal tissue. It plays a strong role in the
photoreceptor cells of the retina, suggesting an essential role for DHA in
vision. DHA deficiency in laboratory animals showed a marked decrease in proper
functioning of the visual cycle.
In a recent study looking at
fish oil, which contains DHA, and macular degeneration, researchers found that
more frequent consumption of fish appeared to protect against late age-related
macular degeneration. Only a moderate intake of fish was necessary for the
protective effect (Archives of
Ophthalmology 118 (March 2000): 401-404).
In addition to DHA, bilberry
(Vaccinium myrtillus) is good support
for a healthy nervous system. It is closely related to American blueberry,
cranberry, and huckleberry. It was bilberry jam that first spurred medical
interest in this fruit. During the Second World War, British and American
fighter pilots hailed bilberry jam as a secret weapon for improved night vision.
There have been very few
studies conducted on bilberry since the 1960s and more current studies are
needed to confirm bilberry’s properties.
Lutein and zeaxanthin
and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found in green, leafy vegetables, are also good for
the eyes. Like other carotenoids, they are antioxidants. What is unique about
these two is that they are the only carotenoids found in the eyes—in the
macula (the part of the retina responsible for detailed vision) and the lens.
Current research is investigating what function they may serve, and recent
studies have found that diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may play a role in
reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts—two
problems that are usually a result of the aging process.
degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness among the elderly in
the United States and other developed countries. In AMD, the retinal tissue
breaks down. It is the retina that converts light into the electrochemical
energy needed to produce vision.
Those with the greatest risk
for AMD tend to have a lower amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in the eyes than
those without AMD. In the mid-1990s, one large epidemiological study (a study
that looks at a population and charts its general risk) reported that increased
consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin reduces the risk of AMD (JAMA
272, no. 18 (1994): 1,410-23).
A study published in November
2000 supports this. In this 140-day study, it was shown that lutein
supplementation increases macular pigment—this is important because macular
pigment may protect against AMD (Investigative
Ophthalmology and Visual Science
41 (November 2000): 3,322-26). This is further confirmed in a report that notes
in the abstract that “Some observational studies have shown that generous
intakes of lutein and zeaxanthin, particularly from certain xanthophyll-rich
foods like spinach, broccoli, and eggs, are associated with a significant
reduction in the risk for cataract (up to 20 percent) and for age-related
macular degeneration (up to 40 percent).” The author goes on to note that
further research is necessary (J Am Coll
Nutr 5 Suppl (October 19, 2000): 522S-527S).
Cataracts are the leading
cause of vision impairment in the United States and other developed countries.
In cataracts, the lens of the eye, which is normally colorless and clear, grows
cloudy. The lens is then unable to focus accurately on the retina, which makes
seeing more difficult. Interestingly, lutein and zeaxanthin are the only
carotenoids generally found in the lens.
There have been three
epidemiological studies looking at the correlation between dietary lutein and
zeaxanthin and the risk of cataracts. These found a trend toward reduced risk of
cataracts and cataract surgery with increased intake of lutein and zeaxanthin (Am
J Clin Nut 70, no. 4 (1999): 517-24; Am
J Epidemiol 149, no. 9: 801-9; Optom
Vis Sce 77: 499-504).
How they work
Although exactly how lutein
and zeaxanthin function in the eye is not fully understood, researchers propose
that their health benefits have to do with their antioxidant ability and their
absorption of near-to-UV blue light.
They absorb near-to-UV blue
light, and this type of light is potentially the most damaging light that
reaches the retina. As antioxidants, they inhibit the formation of free
radicals—this is important because the eye is rich in fatty acids that are
easily attacked and damaged by free radicals.
Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE)
has been studied since the 1950s, and studies reveal positive results for what
is known as “cerebral insufficiency”: a collection of symptoms that include
difficulties in concentration and memory, absentmindedness, confusion, lack of
energy, tiredness, decreased physical performance, depressive mood, anxiety,
dizziness, tinnitus, and headache. The German Commission E—a group of
physicians, pharmacists, and toxicologist who evaluate herbs for safety and
efficacy—notes that GBE does lead to an improvement in memory performance and
This is largely due to its
effect on circulation. Ginkgo
increases blood flow to the extremities and the brain—there is actually an
increase in cerebral blood flow. It stands to reason that if you get an increase
of blood flow to the brain, the brain is going to get more oxygen and more
glucose. It is this increased flow of oxygen and nutrients that is the reason
why there is significant improvement in patients with some form of dementia.
Since October 1997, when the
prestigious Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA) reported that GBE may be beneficial in the
treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Ginkgo
has received increased attention. In 1998 and 1999, analyses of previous ginkgo
studies noted that ginkgo does positively affect cognitive functions to some
degree. A more recent study (Dement
Geriatr Cogn Disord 11, no. 4 (July-August): 230-7), looked at ginkgo and
dementia in a 26-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The abstract
notes that “In comparison to the baseline values, the placebo group showed a
statistically significant worsening in all domains of assessment, while the
group receiving GBE was considered slightly improved on the cognitive assessment
and the daily living and social behavior.”
AIMGinkgoSense™ is a Neuro Health product. The comlete Neuro Health line consists of AIMGinkgoSense™, and AIMComposure™. Use these products to help yourself maintain neurological health.
This bulletin is for information in the United States only. It has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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